Kentucky begins its fifth year of Common Core in the public schools, but the college-going rate is flat or declining

Common Core implications? There were a lot of very interesting revelations in yesterday’s meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education. Among them was this disturbing comment from Robert King, the president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, which oversees all the state’s public two- and four-year postsecondary institutions. There you have it – straight…

What the new high school graduation and readiness rates really tell us

The new Unbridled Learning release includes the Kentucky Department of Education’s new graduation and college and/or career readiness numbers. Our regular readers know we’ve been critical of those high school graduation and college and/or career readiness rates for some time. Very simply, there is compelling evidence that both rates are inflated, though in different ways.…

New EXPLORE and PLAN achievement gaps grow in Kentucky

Common Core’s dream collapsing for minorities After an initial delay, the Kentucky Department of Education posted the latest scores for the EXPLORE and PLAN college readiness tests for Kentucky’s statewide eighth grade testing from the 2014-2015 school term this morning. Sadly, the picture for the white minus black achievement gaps is uniformly unfavorable for all…

The dangers of schools collecting student data come home to roost in Oldham County, Kentucky

The Courier-Journal reports that there has been a potentially significant data breach in the North Oldham County High School that exposed thousands of present and former students to possible identity theft. A school cafeteria computer housing student names, social security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers and birth dates was hacked and this sensitive information could have…

On the air September 28: Another ‘Bluegrass Monday’ with Mandy Connell on 840 WHAS

Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, Richard Innes, guest subs for Jim Waters on Bluegrass Mondays @ 7:05 p.m. on Louisville’s NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM with popular talk-show host Mandy Connell. Open Meetings violations, scrambled statistics and scary social studies, Oh My! Mandy and Dick will talk some hot education topics you’re not hearing about anywhere else.…

Kentucky education’s Program Review problems – We told you so – Now even Prichard sees the problem!

A few days ago, the Herald-Leader caught up to us with their story about “State audit report says schools are rating themselves too high in program reviews.” At issue: the unavoidable fact that the Kentucky Department of Education’s new Unbridled Learning Program Reviews are suffering from massive score inflation – something that’s just about inevitable…

Good news, again, from Kentucky’s private sector effort to improve AP courses in Kentucky

One of my favorite examples of how private-sector involvement can improve public education is the AdvanceKentucky program to improve participation and course quality in Kentucky’s Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Kentucky’s AP participation is up again this year with more students earning scores that can lead to college credit for their courses. And AdvanceKentucky gets a…

Innes to speak at Louisville Forum Wednesday, September 9

BIPPS staff education analyst Richard Innes will participate at the Louisville Forum’s September luncheon discussion about “Common Core: The Debate Continues.” Joining Innes will be Brigitte Blom Ramsey, the new executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Innes has raised many concerns about Common Core while Ramsey was formerly a member of the…